Residency Sites: Plainfield, VT
My broad professional and personal goal is to work with people to create prosperous, vibrant, livable, socially justice communities. I work with residents and public, private and nonprofit agencies and organizations to remove barriers to equity and access, to create regenerative economic opportunity and to build networks and partnerships that create the infrastructure for sustained economic and social progress. I see my work at Goddard as a process of "co-learning" and building communities of practice. Co-learning provides an opportunity to reflect on our own learning, share our ideas, and to think and work critically and collaboratively to develop unique, and meaningful approaches to meeting social challenges. The process makes me better at my own work and empowers students to create something personally gratifying and socially valuable; it ultimately generates new knowledge and approaches that inform learning and practice at Goddard and beyond.
Specialties: working cross culturally; local economies; sustainable development; social enterprises and worker-owned/cooperative enterprise development; business planning; product design and development; market development; sustainable manufacturing; enterprise finance; community, regional and rural development planning; community organizing; nonprofit program administration; nonprofit resource development and fundraising; organizational development; multi-stakeholder collaboration; community based leadership development; and sustainability, social innovation, social justice, human rights and community economic development education.
Educational Background: MA in Community and Regional Planning with a concentration in Rural Development, University of New Mexico; BA in Politics and English, New York University.